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Optical Engineering

Computer-Controlled Polishing Of Telescope Mirror Segments
Author(s): Robert A. Jones
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Paper Abstract

A method of reducing the cost of large optical telescopes is the use of a segmented primary mirror. The computer-controlled polisher approach is ideally suited to the fabrication of telescope mirror segments. Since the process achieves controlled material removal by regulating the tool motion, there is no need for any surface symmetry. Recent experiments have demonstrated the ability of this process to figure mirror segments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1983
PDF: 5 pages
Opt. Eng. 22(2) 222236 doi: 10.1117/12.7973090
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 22, Issue 2
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Robert A. Jones, Perkin-Elmer Corporation (United States)

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